Grammar Pet Peeves

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  1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    My major one right now on Hubpages is people who insist on adding an apostrophe to every single plural. This is not right, you do not add an apostrophe to pluralize a word. Not singling anyone out, I have seen it quite often. I've even accidentally done it myself.

    What pet peeves do you have in terms of grammar?

    1. Rafini profile image87
      Rafiniposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Using a computer with spell check and grammar check - I've gotten confused over a lot of things that used to be automatic!!  hmm


      btw - that's a pet peeve  lol

    2. rebekahELLE profile image86
      rebekahELLEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      that is a tough one.

      here's a handy guide. 

      http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp


      my pet peeves are people using wrong words, like 'quite' for
      'quiet' and the wrong usage of verbs, and wrong pronunciation, like 'fer' instead of 'for'.   hmm

    3. RNMSN profile image89
      RNMSNposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      whoa you really started a thread there didn't you? lol

  2. Rafini profile image87
    Rafiniposted 8 years ago

    big_smile no capitalization!!

  3. Sparhawke profile image61
    Sparhawkeposted 8 years ago

    People pointing out mistakes, especially my own as that just magnifies it into something ten times worse :p

  4. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    run on sentences lol

  5. optimus grimlock profile image60
    optimus grimlockposted 8 years ago

    i dun a cuple o dees smile

    1. RNMSN profile image89
      RNMSNposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      ialreadydonedidthattoo  lol

  6. Ohma profile image75
    Ohmaposted 8 years ago

    I really hate seeing text talk in the forums and hubs,

    OMG RU fking jking!

  7. Pearldiver profile image78
    Pearldiverposted 8 years ago

    I really have a problem with people who beat around the bush and won't get out what they are trying to say sad

    It just peeves me off more if they start st-st-st-stuttering hmm

    1. Origin profile image60
      Originposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Peeves me off that people dislike that, because a stutter is an impediment and can't be helped. It's like disliking someone for rolling around in a wheelchair.

      hmm

      1. Rafini profile image87
        Rafiniposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        lol  I'm sorry, but you can't read a stutter!   lol




        (otherwise I agree with you)

      2. Pearldiver profile image78
        Pearldiverposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Or having such substandard (*something*) that they can't see that A person who is St-St-St-Stuttering On a Mute Forum is not actually Stuttering ARE THEY? roll lol

        PS: Sheesh.... Even Stevie Wonder would have seen that Mate! smile

        1. Origin profile image60
          Originposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I unfortunately stutter in real life, and even if people dislike stammered text, it's still the same feeling of dislike. People DO dislike people who stammer, and I have to put up with it daily. And no, I'm not joking. There are a lot of people in the world that won't even give me a minute of their time in a conversation because they hate listening to it. It's either that or the traditional laugh, mimic the stammer, and laugh. I get that daily too unfortunately.

          1. Pearldiver profile image78
            Pearldiverposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            So is that supposed to represent an apology or merely a justification for your personal over-reaction? hmm

            Clearly.... (As a person who claims to stutter) You would have noticed that it does not occur when you're writing? hmm

            If so; you attacked my post solely on the basis that you felt inadaquate or overly sensitive that I was (in your view) making fun of those who have a handicap or impediment... Is that right?  hmm

            I think you need to back up abit here and maybe kick a roadside curb or something huh?  You were wrong in your original post and moreso with your next post.  I'm not your whipping boy or doormat mate! sad

            1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
              SomewayOuttaHereposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Hey Origin, I'm hoping more people have more patience in the future ...I have all the time in the world for you and there are many more of us, especially here; I hope you know that.  and good for you for speaking up!  now we know....sometimes we just don't realize and most times we don't mean any harm.

              a guy i speak to from time to time stutters, but you know I don't even notice anymore.

              hey, did you see the link I left for you last nite on your 'goodnight' thread?

              1. Origin profile image60
                Originposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Thanks for that! Sorry for the late response, I was at work until now. I know 2 other people that do, one is drastically worse than me, I only do it every now and then but it only sounds like I'm stumbling over some words like a normal person does - but just a tad more frequent, but years back I was so bad I couldn't even understand myself. It took many years of therapy to fix it. Anyhoo! I think I'm de-railing the thread a bit!

                On the subject of the thread, I have a pet peeve of "their" being used as "they're" and I'm also guilty of doing it on accident as well. tongue

    2. Pcunix profile image89
      Pcunixposted 8 years ago

      I hate seeing "your" used when they mean "you're" and "loose" when they mean "lose"

      I dislike seeing "it's" confused with "its"  (though spelling correction can cause that without you noticing).

      But mostly I dislike MFA posts with no value - no interesting or useful opinion or tips, no humor, no personality, giving me no reason at all to read it.  That's not grammar, though :-)

    3. PrettyPanther profile image86
      PrettyPantherposted 8 years ago

      I dislike all kinds of grammatical errors, especially my own.  smile

      However, I'm particularly bothered by the misuse of words like "there," "their," and "they're."

    4. Pearldiver profile image78
      Pearldiverposted 8 years ago

      But What I hate most is: Being arsed (or asked if you prefer) out of a party by a sock puppet... even though I had left from boredom earlier.

      "This is a clean party.. please take your attitude some where else.
      I do not tolerate this in my thread." ( lol Everyone Had Left)

      Moreover, it appears to be a sock puppet that owns real estate here! roll

      1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
        SomewayOuttaHereposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        LOL!

    5. trish1048 profile image74
      trish1048posted 8 years ago

      The use of effect and affect is truly abused.

      But hey, nobody is perfect smile

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
        Uninvited Writerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I still have trouble with that myself...

        1. trish1048 profile image74
          trish1048posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Effect is the result of something.  Affect is when it affects someone or something.  smile

          1. trish1048 profile image74
            trish1048posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            UV,

            On something un-related, I went to your hub, songs of 1967.  I don't know if it's on your end, or mine, but there is no comment box, it is a huge tangle of gibberish, nor does your avatar/profile appear.

            Let me know if it's your end or mine.

            1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
              Uninvited Writerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              It looked okay when I checked it out.

              1. trish1048 profile image74
                trish1048posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Yes, it's fine now.  I re-booted, so I think it was on my end.

                Thanks for checking smile

          2. EmpressFelicity profile image72
            EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I suppose the rough rule-of-thumb is "effect" = noun, "affect" = verb.  But it doesn't always hold good.  You can effect a policy (verb), and you can also use "affect" as a noun (it's a psychological term meaning something like "the ability to empathise with others"). 

            I've got too many grammar peeves to mention here, but my top ones are:

            1. Inappropriate use (or non-use) of apostrophes
            2. Inability to distinguish between "their", "there" and "they're"
            3. Inappropriate capitalisation of nouns.  This is English, not German! 
            4. Verbosity
            5. There are some current phrases that really get on my nerves (for example "That's a big ask".  Ask is a verb, not a s*****g noun!)
            6. "Everyday" used instead of "every day".  The former is an adjective, the latter... isn't.  For example, it should be "She put on her everyday working clothes to go to the office every day", not "She put on her everyday working clothes to go to the office everyday."
            7. the way that txtspk has infiltrated normal everyday written communication to the extent that some people let their sentences run on and on in one long continuous splurge without pausing for breath use of capital letters full stops commas or any punctuation at all it makes things really difficult to read and gives me a headache just looking at it lol lol

            I really ought to make this into a hub...

    6. barranca profile image82
      barrancaposted 8 years ago

      "Based off of"  rather than "Based on."

    7. profile image0
      MyMoneyTalksposted 8 years ago

      obsessive abbreviations within 'Cm 2 Twn, its gd' which is a text message I got from a girlfriend last night hmm its lazy!

    8. Pcunix profile image89
      Pcunixposted 8 years ago

      Two more that bug me:

      "try and do this" when you really mean "try to do this".  You can certainly hope to try and do something, or wish to try and do something, or have great confidence that you will try and do, but when there is nothing like that, the "and" is wrong.

      I also hate hearing "the alleged unknown suspect".   If the suspect is unknown, it isn't necessary to avoid slander or libel, is it?

    9. NaomiR profile image89
      NaomiRposted 8 years ago

      I have so many pet peeves, though I will be the first to admit that I make mistakes myself.

      The ones that bug me the most are when people confuse its vs. it's or your vs. you're. And it's "If I WERE..." not "If I was..."

    10. lorlie6 profile image83
      lorlie6posted 8 years ago

      Don't tell, paleeze, but my kid says "on accident" and I am not allowed to correct his arse any longer.  Lord, he's entering his 20's and I'm concerned, to say the least! lol

     
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